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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Feast or famine

Yep.  You guessed it.  This is my regularly scheduled final-project-stalling post.  

I've got so much on my mind right now.  One of my final projects seems almost too easy, and that freaks me out a little bit.  The other one is a little more difficult than I would have thought but it seems to be coming together okay, except for the part where I have to decide, from a cryptic case study, if a man is competent to stand trial or not.  I'm on the fence about it and I know that the answer will make or break my grade.  Sigh.  Oh well, at least I've got an "A" going into the final.  I should be okay.

I have to give a talk in church tomorrow and I'm a little freaked out about it.  I've had a month to think about it, and I prepared, but every time I give a talk I feel like I'm reading a research paper (with all the scripture references) or like I'm rambling.  I have no idea how long my talk is supposed to be, and I just hope I don't turn into a stuttering idiot up there.

I'm struggling with my Apogee test knit.  There are several little errors that I thought would have been caught in the editing process, and I realize that I might have incorrect expectations regarding the official duties of a technical editor.  I also discovered that after I got though the increases, I had eight extra stitches in the front.  That's another two inches of fabric!  I know it will fit me fine because of my larger chest but I worry about other knitters having too much fabric in the front.  I really thought I'd figured out the issue with the neck increases, but now I'm not so sure.  I'm thinking that I might be better off reversing the entire design and working it from the bottom up.  Or at least working the numbers that way...?  Maybe if I start from the bottom, I'll be better able to figure out how many I need at the top.  I don't have anything to lose, really.

Then there are the two sweaters I took in for a customer that will need to be completely taken apart and re-seamed to fit her.  These sweaters belonged to her late-father, and she wants to have them taken in to fit her.  There's just no good way to do that by hand, and the more I'm thinking about it, the less comfortable I feel with it.  I'm going to sit on it another week and if I still feel funny about it, I'll give them back to her.  There's just too much emotion tied up in them and that doesn't usually go right.

Oh, and I just had a pattern proposal accepted so I'll have some super secret knitting going on very soon.  And to be honest, I'm totally freaked out about this one.  It's a design I've had on my hard drive for a long time so it's partially finished, but I'm not sure how to best present it in multiple sizes.  Do I offer written directions, charted directions, both?  A chart in each size?  A chart that only shows the detailed information?  I have no idea, but I need to start figuring it out soon!  Any time I work with a third-party, I always feel like they'll see how green I am, and like I'll make some major rookie mistake that will black-ball me from any future publication work.  Anyway, I guess there's no perfect situation here, lol.  If they don't take my submission, I feel like a failure.  If they do, I feel like they'll discover that I'm a fraud, lol.  But I've got some time before I have to take this on so I'm going to do some sketching, and work some numbers, and see what I can come up with.  Oh, and I'm gonna get some sleep.  Maybe things will look better after a little sleep.

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